The image up there is the cover to a book called Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s. In what has to be one of the supremest ironies ever visited upon the arts, Richard Thompson was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
So his friend Chris Sparks organized a project called Team Cul de Sac, in which artists created original “Cul de Sac” fan art to be auctioned off to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The series of auctions is going on now — only through Sunday evening, in fact! — and features original art from literally hundreds of amazing cartoonists. As well as from me! I snuck in there somehow too, with this piece:
Many of the pieces (including mine) are also collected in the Team Cul de Sac book above, the proceeds of which also benefit the cause. Signed editions are available here, or you can buy it on Amazon or Indiebound right now.
Finally, if you’re in the Arlington, VA area, this Sunday night there will be a group signing featuring many of the contributors!
And DOUBLE-FINALLY, if you are creepily interested in Richard Thompson himself and the background behind the strip, here is an extensive feature about him in the Washington Post:
A 2007 offering is the prototypical “Cul de Sac.” Alice — “who’s not afraid of anything” — is momentarily cowed by winged cicadas. Petey, typically squeamish out of doors, advises: “Do what I do. Construct a distancing fantasy as a coping mechanism.” Next thing we know, Alice is costuming the cicadas in napkin dresses and naming them. By the last panel, with precise elliptical wit, the Otterloop parents are reading headlines about intelligent “superbugs” wearing paper clothes. “Don’t tell the kids,” Mom says. “It’ll just scare them.”
Heritage Auctions: “Petey and Alice in Wonderland” Original Art by David Malki !